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Police stress need for low speed in school zones

Police stress need for low speed in school zones


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After two recent accidents involving cyclists and motorists, police urge caution – on both sides.

After two recent incidents of vehicles striking student bicyclists, Los Altos Police urge residents to exercise caution whe...

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Schools

Gardner Bullis School debuts new Grizzly Student Center

Gardner Bullis School debuts new Grizzly Student Center


Photo by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Students line up to check books out of the library in the new Grizzly Student Center at Gardner Bullis School.

Gardner Bullis School opened its new Grizzly Student Center earlier this month, introducing a lea...

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Community

Home improvement workshop scheduled Wednesday (Oct. 29)

The County of Santa Clara is hosting a free informational workshop on 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Los Altos Hills Town Hall, 26379 Fremont Road.

The workshop will offer ways single-family homeowners can increase their homes’ energy efficiency. Eligible i...

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Comment

Off the fence: TC recommends 'yes' on N

The Town Crier initially offered no position on the controversial $150 million Measure N bond on Tuesday’s ballot. But some of the reasons we gave in our Oct. 15 editorial were, on reflection, overly critical and based on inaccurate information.

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Special Sections

Long-term solutions emerge as water conservation goes mainstream

Long-term solutions emerge as water conservation goes mainstream


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Forrest Linebarger, right, installed greywater and rainwater harvesting systems at his Los Altos Hills home.

With more brown than green visible in her Los Altos backyard, Kacey Fitzpatrick admits that she’s a little e...

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Business

Local realtors scare up money for charity

Local realtors scare up money for charity


Photo courtesy of SILVAR
Realtors Gary Campi and Jordan Legge, from left, joined Nancy Domich, SILVAR President Dave Tonna and Joe Brown to raise funds for the Silicon Valley Realtors Charitable Foundation.

Los Altos and Mountain View realtors raise...

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Books

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mimi Sommers, who works at a Los Altos dentist’s office, recently wrote a children’s book.

A local dental hygienist recently published a book that aims to ease parents and children during a sometimes anxious e...

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People

DAVID S. NIVISON

DAVID S. NIVISON

David S. Nivison, 91 years old, and a resident of Los Altos, California since 1952, died Oct. 16, 2014 at home.  His neighbors had recently honored him as the “Mayor of Russell Ave., in recognition of 62 years of distinguished living” on that ...

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Travel

Falling leaves: Four places in California to see autumn colors

Falling leaves: Four places in California to see autumn colors


Courtesy of Castello di Amorosa
Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga, above, boasts a beautiful setting for viewing fall’s colors – and sampling the vineyard’s wines.

Yes, Virginia, there is fall in California.

The colors pop out in...

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Stepping Out

ECYS opens season Sunday

ECYS opens season Sunday


Ramya Krishna/Special to the Town Crier
The El Camino Youth Symphony rehearses for Sunday’s concert, above.

The El Camino Youth Symphony – under new conductor Jindong Cai – is scheduled to perform its season-opening concert 4 p.m....

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Spiritual Life

Christian Science Reading Room hosts webinar on prayer and healing

Christian Science practitioner and teacher Evan Mehlenbacher is scheduled to present a live Internet webinar lecture, “Prayer That Heals,” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Christian Science Reading Room, 60 Main St., Los Altos.

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Magazine

Local events add color to autumn calendar

Local events add color to autumn calendar


Van Houtte/town crier Visitors make their way through the Children’s Alley.

As Los Altos’ signature Chinese Pistache trees exchange their summer green for vibrant hues of yellow, orange and red in the fall, an abundance of local events also ad...

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BCS expands board with two new members

The Bullis Charter School Board of Directors added two new members to its ranks, expanding from seven members to nine.

The addition of Jennifer Carolan and Sang Yoo reflects the growth of the school in recent years, as registration tops 600 students.

“Jennifer and Sang both bring great insights into public education and, as parents of Bullis students, they truly understand the needs of our students and teachers,” said Ken Moore, board chairman. “Enrollment continues to increase as we enter our 10th year as a charter school, and the added support from Jennifer and Sang will help us continue to provide an innovative education for all of our students.”

Carolan has been a presence in public education across Silicon Valley since she began teaching in the Palo Alto Unified School District 10 years ago. She earned a master’s degree in curriculum and teacher education from Stanford University, where she also taught Innovations in Teaching at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design.

Carolan is currently a managing partner at NewSchools Venture Fund, a venture philanthropy fund focused on transforming public education so that all children – especially those in underserved communities – have the opportunity to succeed. She oversees the company’s Seed Fund, which provides capital to early-stage education technology companies. She serves on the boards of Equal Opportunity Schools and BetterLesson.

“With her experience working with education ventures, Jennifer is very accustomed to thinking in new directions and finding fresh solutions, and those skills will be a tremendous asset to Bullis,” Moore said.

Yoo has been a parent volunteer at Bullis Charter School for the past five years and recently served as chairwoman of the Bullis Boosters Club. She previously held hardware engineering and management positions at several technology companies that produced microprocessors and workstations for professional and technical applications. She earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University.

“Because Sang has been a key part of the Bullis culture over the past five years, she is tremendously knowledgeable about almost every facet of the campus and its programs and curriculum,” Moore said. “There’s not a resource we have that she isn’t aware of, and we’ll be able to make the most of everything we have with her ideas and insights.”

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